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Mara Serena Safari Lodge
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Ft myers Beach,Florida
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“Thrill of a lifetime!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 11, 2012

Just returned from an incredible journey from our home on Fort Myers Beach,Florida to Masai Mara Triangle, Mara Serena Safari Lodge.. Getting there from Nairobi in a vehicle is a horrible experience. It is a good 5 or 6 hours of bouncing,if at all possible save the time and fly from Nairobi.We were fortunate that it had not rained or we might still be making our way there. Once arriving,the care we were given, the setting of the lodge and the abundance of wild life made the drive there all worthwhile. If you have the good fortune to visit here do enjoy the Sundowner and Hippo Breakfast that the lodge offers. A visit to the Masai village was also one that we will not forget.Thanks again to the kind people employed by the lodge!!

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2012

Dates of Trip: 29 Oct - 1st Nov
Number of rooms booked : 3
Purpose of trip: Photography course

We were on a photography trip to Masai Mara and stayed at Mara Serena safari lodge. the hotel itself is very cozy and comfortable. the design of the hotel is another story, the view on valley from the room always amuse use with wild life walking around in groups. the choice of colors is very unique and aesthetic. Everyone in the hotel makes you feel like home, whenever we leave the room in the morning (6:30 am) there will be an army waiting to help us carry our equipment to the cars. meals always vary from day to another to take you through different experiences.

I was sick one night and could not make it to dinner so at 10:30 pm I felt hungry and called the reception asking for some food, once the receptionist knew that I was sick he ask the chief to make me a special three course meal and have it delivered to the room in 20 minutes. The next night the waiter from the restaurant came to the room with a menu checking in advance if I will be able to make to the dinner or not, so I can order what I would like for dinner.

Could not ask for anymore !

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Sunderland, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2012

We spent two nights at the Mara Serena in late October. Nestling high above the Mara River and the plains, the location is absolutely stunning, and an ideal base for game drives in the reserve, which is rich with animals. Sight, sound and smell combined to provide a phenomenal experience: the lion roaring its territorial ownership during the picth black of night, the grceful form of cheetahs moving through the grass and the stench of rotting flesh at the Mara Crossing, where so many wildebeest had lost their lives whilst crossing the river - a glut of corpses way beyond the immediate needs of the crocodiles, vultures and Maribou storks.

Staff throughout the hotel were pleasant and helpful and the food was very good; it was especially nice to have early morning coffee and a light snack before setting off on an early morning game drive. It was wonderful never to have to carry a suitcase, either up or down the relatively challenging incline to access the rooms, or 'pods'. These were clean and had excellent mosquito nets over the main bed, although they are made for two, really and with three of us in the room, it was somewhat cramped. The view over the plains was breath-taking, but they would benefit from mesh over the viewing doors and, given the high temperatures when we were there, a ceiling fan would have been a definite improvement. The lighting towards the rooms is subdued, and I did see that some people sensibly used torches; one elderly lady suffered an unfortunate fall, so I would recommend that, if you have any form of mobility problem, you ask for a room as close to main reception as possible. That said, we had a really positive experience, and would happily return.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2012

Fabulous Lodge during our two day safari of the Masai Mara. The food was fabulous including their barbeques at dinner. The pool was refreshing with a nice view. The rooms were unique and charming. Wifi was a bit pricey at $20 per day at this lodge, and was totally free at the Ngorongoro Serena Lodge...this was a bit disappointing, especially as the signal wasn't always that great. All and all, I would highly recommend this lodge to anyone!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2012 via mobile

Great ambiance, perfect holiday destination, great hospitality, great staff and kitchen crew . Had the best holiday with friends at Serena ! Went for the bush diner and the hot air balloon safari it was bliss!! Overall amazing stay!!! ♥♥♥♥♥♥

  • Stayed June 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2012

We stayed at the Mara Serena because we were in a family group with small children and several nervous travellers on their first trip to Africa. It absolutely suited our needs on that count (with adjoining childrens' rooms) and the safari drives were wonderful (Nicolas a great driver) but my husband and I, having stayed in other safari lodges and hotels in Kenya, were very disappointed in the staff. At Kishwa Temba a couple of years ago, we were given hospitality second to none and would return there rather than the Mara Serena on our next safari. The dining room staff were sleepy and inattentive and we often felt that we were in their way in a crowded dining room and a simple request to move tables was met with complete refusal. However, the rooms were lovely, with views over the savanna and Mara river and it was magical to sit on the balcony or by the pool and spot elephant, lion, hippos as well as all the usual game animals. The location could not be bettered and it was only really the dining and reception staff who let the lodge down. Disappointing, considering the cost.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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abu dhabi
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2012

We thank Migration kenya safaris for a wonderful stay in this resort and thank them for booking us in this resort. Also thanks to Michael maina for a wonderful driver /guide...we were very lucky to witness one of the wonders of the world..the Migration. Truly like the comapny baseline " a safari that stays with you" a promise that was full filled. Now coming to the resort it's an awesome location high on a hill and a magnificient view of the Mara...from the pool area. But if you are a family of three the rooms are small but for 2 it's just right... i would rate this 4/5 'cos the food spread was ok not as good as sarena amboseli..the stay was very comfortable..a must stay if you are in masai mara...but the drive from nairobi to this resort is very tiring...it's a very long drive and you have to cross the border and enter tanzania...as it's the last resort in the line of other resorts...

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Mara Serena Safari Lodge
Address: C14, Keekorok, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Maasai Mara National Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #18 of 138 Specialty Lodging in Maasai Mara National Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Mara Serena Safari Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 74
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Mara Serena Safari Lodge, set on a saddle of a hill, overlooks the 1,800 square km of rolling plains at an altitude of 1625 meters at the Masai Mara Triangle, one of the world's richest wildlife sanctuaries. ... more   less 
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